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BMW launches stunning 1 Series; starts at Rs 20.9 lakh

Last updated on: September 04, 2013 16:14 IST

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The BMW 1 Series has just been launched in India. The 1 Series is BMW’s answer to the recently launched Mercedes A Class compact luxury car.

BMW India will be assembling the 1 Series at their Chennai plant. Currently, two engine options are being offered, a petrol and a diesel.

The petrol 1 Series, which goes by 116i, will come with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 136bhp and 220Nm of torque.

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An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels and the car comes with an ARAI certified fuel economy of 16.28kmpl.

The vehicle take 8.7 seconds to go from 0-100 kmph and the top-speed is 210kmph.

The diesel 1 Series, 118d, gets a 2.0-litre four-cylinder motor that we’re accustomed to seeing in the X1, 3 Series and the base 5 Series.

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With a tuning optimised for economy, the 118d produces 143bhp and 320Nm. The 8-speed auto and rear wheel drive arrangement is maintained while the ARAI rates it at 20.58kmpl.

The car takes 8.6 seconds to zoom from 0 to 100 kmph and the top-speed is 212kmph.

BMW already commenced the pre-bookings for the 1 Series nearly a month ago. The first 100 customers get a complimentary BMW Service Package.

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Following are some of the features offered in the 1 Series:

Electric Seat with Memory: Feel at home instantly: the memory function of the electrically adjustable driver’s seat enables you to save your settings for the position of the seat, backrest and exterior mirrors, and return them to your preferred positions by pressing a button.

Glass Roof: Electric Glass Roof features in the Sport Line of the all-new BMW 1 Series. With electric slide and lift controls, it opens and closes comfortably via tip function.

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Park Distance Control: Entering or leaving the tightest parking space becomes much easier with the all-new BMW 1 Series, equipped with Park Distance Control for the rear.

An acoustic warning signal lets you know how close you are to the car or object behind you. Ultrasound sensors integrated into the bumper at the rear measure the distance to the nearest large object behind the vehicle.

As you reverse closer, the frequency of the warning tone increases. When you are just 30 cm from the car or other obstacle, an unbroken warning tone sounds, as a signal to brake.

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ECO PRO Mode: This mode gears everything towards maximum efficiency: accelerator pedal, gearbox parameters, and shift points are all optimised and the heating/climate control strategy intelligently adapted to achieve optimum consumption.

Electric Power Steering: The Electric Power Steering only activates when it’s needed: when you're turning the wheel. The energy it requires has previously been extracted by Brake Energy Regeneration from the braking and kinetic energy.

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Following are the prices of the 1 Series. Do note that all prices are ex-Showroom, All India.

  • 1 Series Petrol 116i: Rs 20.9 lakh
  • 1 Series Diesel 118d: Rs 22.9 lakh
  • 1 Series Diesel 118d Sportline: Rs 25.9 lakh
  • 1 Series Diesel 118d Sportline Plus: Rs 29.9 lakh

While the Sportline gets 17-inch alloys, the Plus gets 18-inch and the other editions do with 16-inches.

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